• Independence Day? To some, July 4 is Barbecued Spareribs Day

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. Anderson is the mastermind of the National Day Calendar, an online compendium of pseudo-holidays that has become a resource for TV...

  • S Africa: Opposition files charges against deputy president

    Updated: 6 min ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An opposition party filed criminal charges against South Africa's deputy president and other officials on Friday for their alleged involvement in the police shooting deaths of 34 miners during labor unrest. The Economic Freedom Fighters filed charges of murder,...

  • Bomb goes off inside mosque in Damascus suburb, kills cleric

    Updated: 6 min ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — A bomb exploded inside a mosque in an opposition-held suburb of Damascus on Friday killing a Sunni Muslim cleric, Syria's state TV reported. The TV said the bomb was placed under the pulpit, or minbar, at the Grand Mosque in the Tal area and went off shortly after the...

  • Mixed reaction to scrapping of anti-gay law in Mozambique

    Updated: 6 min ago

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambicans reacted cautiously to the government's decision to do away with a colonial-era anti-gay law. In a statement on Friday LAMBDA, a Mozambican LGBT rights group, said the southern African nation was now "on the right side of the history of humanity."...

  • The Hague hit by riots after death of man in police custody

    Updated: 6 min ago

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police conducted mass arrests overnight, detaining about 200 people for ignoring a ban on public assembly in a neighborhood hit by late-night rioting after the death of a man in police custody. The arrests late Thursday and early Friday capped four...

  • Boko Haram kills 11 'traitors' in northeastern Nigerian town

    Updated: 6 min ago

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram militants Friday slit the throats of 11 alleged "traitors," witnesses said in the first news of desertions from the Nigerian Islamic extremist group. The militants arrived before dawn and went door to door in northeastern Miringa town, said...

  • International court postpones Congo militiaman's trial

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court says the trial of former Congo militia leader Bosco Ntaganda has been postponed until September to give defense lawyers more time to prepare. The trial on charges including murder, rape and using child soldiers had been...

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    Updated: 20 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate; Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" —...

  • Greece: Poll shows 2 sides neck and neck before referendum

    Updated: 20 min ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The brief but intense campaign in Greece's critical bailout referendum ends Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens supporting "yes" and "no" answers to a murky question in what an opinion poll suggests could be a very close vote. Prime Minister Alexis...

  • UN rights body backs call for accountability in Gaza war

    Updated: 20 min ago

    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body backed calls Friday for accountability in last year's conflict in Gaza, in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians and six Israeli civilians were killed. The decision by the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council has no binding effect,...

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